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welcome to "world news." the massive man hunt inside the all-out gunman who shot and killed two u.s. officers as more americans come under attack. our correspondents in kabul tonight. your voice, your vote, the michigan finish line approaching and tonight are worried republican leaders now demanding a fresh face? flying high. american pilots suddenly in huge demand in china. the pilots lining up with china willing to pay up. to the rescue with life-saving medicine running out for children who need it. the hero doctor stepping in and why does this keep happening. doctors and hospitals running on empty? and best friends but who's best actor. that famous stare-off in "oceans eleven" turns off into a face-off tonight.
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good evening on this sunday night. we begin with the man hunt for the trusted afghan officer who took aim at two american officers this weekend and killed them. after getting past several security checkpoints with his credentials then pulling out his weapon. it happened inside but was supposed to be a secure facility in kabul and late today we learn the name of one of the men killed. 44-year-old lieutenant colonel john lot ofus and rioting spread for a sixth day. a violent reaction to the u.s. burning copies of the koran. it brought the total to four american dead as this deepened. abc's nick schifrin starts us off from kabul. >> reporter: tonight there is a rice cyst of trust and they're still furious over the burning of korans and americans are
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upset about the death and injuries of their soldiers. it has one target, u.s. soldiers. protesters threw a grenade onto a u.s. base injuring ten. it's enough for afghan police to defend the bases and solve a chilling case of fratricide. the man who killed two u.s. soldiers point blank. he was one of the drivers for the interior ministry. he was authorized to carry a gun and had access to the most secure areas. investigators say he isn't taliban. but went to the kind of religious school in pakistan that has produced many militants. they traced his cell phone today and within kabul within noon and then the trace went cold. anything you can do to guarantee this won't happen again? >> this is what they've done.
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the only guarantee of is time. we have been trying to clean our forces out of these elements. >> reporter: for u.s. forces that presents a dilemma. can they trust and cooperate with their afghan partners today? the military coalition here known as ista fchltchlt achisaf. >> it was given to us who stood with excellence between demonstrators and forces over an entire week. >> reporter: for the afghan side they want to know they can trust that the u.s. won't burn any more korans. the u.s. says it's conducting sensitivity training and says this week it will release the results of the investigation into why the korans were burned. hoping that that can calm some of the fury. david? >> nick schifrin leeing us off tonight. nick, thank you. now to one of the deadliest weekends in syria. more than 100 killed and tonight
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even as the government moved to crush protesters, it also held a vote on a referendum that would prohibit the president from serving more than two terps but it passed it would not be retroactive betweening bashar could serve another 16 years but the syrian border alex marquardt on the fury it's causing. >> reporter: this is the image they want the world to see, syrians voting for democratic reform. this is how the0 significance saw it dropping blood-stained ballots into the garbage. it would allow a multi-party system and impose limits that would allow assad two more seven-year terps ending in 2028. this comes as syrian forces continued their shelling of homes now in its fourth straight we week. as the death toll over those hills grow so does the number of calls for humanitarian calls for civilians under siege to seek refuge. >> reporter: at our hotel we met a commander of the rebel free syrian army.
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this man doesn't want foreign military intervention and says they desperately need humanitarian zone and above all heavy weapon. you believe with no military intervention that your small disorganized army can defeat the hundreds of thousands in the assad army. "we have the fighters," he said "we just need weapons." no sign they're any closer to getting their wishes for more guns or an end to the regime. alex marquardt. abc news near the turkey border of syria. your voice, your vote and the countdown now under way. mitt romney needs a win in his crucial home state. rick santorum is looking to push romney out of the way and today santorum in talking what jfk once said about separation of church and state said that jfk's words make him throw up. here's abc's david kerley with a moment making headlines.
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>> the rain continues to fall. >> reporter: his billboard car 26 sat as the daytona 500 was delayed by rain and he told george stephanopoulos that he did advise the driver to use his campaign strategy when he rays. >> i'm hoping for the first, you know, maybe 300, 400 miles he's sitting way back letting all the other folks crash and burn and sneak up at the end and win this thing. >> reporter: mitt romney made the trip to florida to court these conservative race fans and look at this. he ended up walking right by santorum's car. while in detroit, romney row claimed his affinity for cars. >> i love cars. >> reporter: admitting his wife has a couple cadillacs, a couple. but no apologies today. >> if people think there's something wrong with being successful in america then they better vote for the other guy. >> reporter: the sniping is intense with the stakes so high in what now has become a pivotal
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primary in michigan. this morning an abc's "this week" santorum reached out farther to evangelicals when he referred to kennedy's campaign speech to baptist ministers the separation of church and state. >> i believe in an america where the separation of church and state is absolute. >> reporter: santorum said it made him want to throw up. >> say that people of faith had have no role in the public square, you bet that makes you throw up. what kind of country do we live in that says only people of nonfaith can come in the public square and make their public case. that makes me throw up. >> reporter: santorum's contention is there is no absolute separation of church and state. as for romney he picked up the endorsement of arizona's governor today, back in michigan for the final race and the big primary. >> david kerley in washington, thanks so much. i want to bring in our editor rick klein tonight and, rick, we know the nation a governors were
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also in washington this weekend and maine's governor, of course, a huge backing from the tea party, said that republican candidates are so damaged now that the party needs in his words a fresh face. we know there's been worry inside the party but these have been some pretty bold words. >> an extraordinary statement from a sitting republican governor paul lepage who wants an old-fashioned convention where "a dark horse can come out and do it in the fall." this underscores what mitt romney has already lost in this wins michigan on tuesd and roll ever. romne rick santorum ar din and proba leaving and it' these self-inflicted party woun ake the plot to heal surprisisurprise ing democraticle governors -- montana's governor saying the four republican presidential candidates are christmas packages under the tree happy about their shift of social issues and away from the about their shift of social issues and away from the economy.
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issues that is a prime example necs produce the necs prohat still what mitt ron from that comfort zone. >> rick, thanks. our powerhouse ll b covering the se primariein michigan and arizona straight through tuesday huge part of the race and learned of the highing craze from miami to las vegas. it turns out american pilots in huge demand in china. abc's abbie boudreau on the chinese recruiters coming to america. >> reporter: from miami to las vegas hundreds of pilots glocked to job fairs in search of work. not in the u.s. but in china. >> i'm hopeful there is other elements that can appreciate experienced pilots. >> reporter: ten chinese airlines are recruiting american pilots to fill a pilot shortage back at home driven by china's explosive growth. >> that's pilot shortage in
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china, especially our line and good opportunity in u.s. >> reporter: and the pitch is attractive. generous benefits and higher wages. a starting salary at one of the chinese airlines, $175,000 a year, compared to $116,000, the average for a pilot in the u.s. the catch, pilots need to relocate to china. for some fearing layoffs and pay cuts at home it's worth it. pilot doug lifter spent most of his career at american airlines. >> things aren't so good in the good usa anymore. >> reporter: experts say china is recruiting american teachers. lawyers, service industry workers and business consultants. >> the chinese are looking for this expertise. the service sector in china is growing rapidly so the opportunities for these people is greater in china than it is in the united states, europe or japan so they're moving. >> reporter: with the promise of promotions and higher salaries, many american pilots who have years of experience are now considering starting their
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careers all over again. this time in china. david? >> abbie, a real push tonight, thanks to you. the massive case against bp. now almost two years after the disaster in the gulf, the oil giant was set to go on trial tomorrow in new orleans, but that's been put on hold. could there be a settlement now for the thousands of families in the gulf in the works, many of whom have been waiting all this time for help? some of the faces you met right here on "world news" on the eve of their long awaited day in court. here's abc's mark greenblatt. >> reporter: nearly two years later the pictures still boggle the mind. the explosion on bp's deepwater horizon rig unleashed 2 million gallons of oil polluting the ocean devastating coastal wildlife and destroying lives and livelihoods. >> dr. marina. >> reporter: tammy and her husband lost their shrimping business. david caught up with them a couple months after the spill as they struggled to cut through the red tape of bp's
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compensation fund. >> reporter: so for your business how many checks have  you received from bp? >> none. >> in eight weeks. >> in eight weeks, not one red cent. >> reporter: on the eve of a civil trial that could cost bp tens of billions in damages, a delay and talk of a possible settlement, which could keep reams of evidence out of the hands of criminal prosecutors. >> if this trial does move on, that provides more fodder for criminal investigators. >> absolutely, evidence that would otherwise be self-incriminating on behalf of the corporations. >> reporter: nearly two years later the wolfors are still struggling for money and haven't been xen sayed. >> they have not given peay dollar yet. >> reporter: this is not easy to sit and talk about even a year 1/2, two years later. >> no, sir, it's not -- it's just not right. we've had to give up everything just to make it. >> now, the wolfors did get
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their sh shrimping business back but the prices have not returned to pre-spill levels, that's been a problem for so many people all along the gulf coast. >> i'll never forget meeting them. thanks, mark. last night right here on world news we told you nelson mandela in the hospital. well, tonight, he is now home and in that country there is huge relief that mandela, now 393, is okay. abc's fawzi kinani in johannesburg. >> reporter: nelson mandela is said to be resting comfortably and everyone is resting easier knowing he is out of the hospital. we now know the 93-year-old former president had a minor laproscopic surgery. doctors us 00ed a small camera to look around his abdomen and hope to find was's been causing the pain he's been suffering for some time. they did not find the cause but doctors said he was well enough to return home. although mandela's health has
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been declining in recent years his doctors say he is in good condition for a man of his age. david. >> bazi, thanks for the update. still ahead on "world news" this sunday evening, the critical shortage of life-saving drugs and the hero doctor who demanded and then got action. but why does this keep happening? what's a politician singing? our correspondent asks who would win in a different matchup. close friends in real life but it's like a scene right out of the s. clooney and pitt going head to head. this time, though, at the oscars. my son and i never missed opening day. but with copd making it hard to breathe, i thought those days might be over. so my doctor prescribed symbicort. it helps significantly improve my lung function, starting within 5 minutes. symbicort doesn't replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. with symbicort, today i'm breathing better, and that means... game on! symbicort is for copd,
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tonight here getting answers on a story we're following on "world news," the severe shortage of drugs in america. one of those a life saver for some children battling a form of cancer. tonight abc's jim avila on the hero doctor who stepped in himself. >> this is basically all we have in the hospital. it's already been allocated. >> reporter: pharmacy dr. jennifer brandt has angry doctors and desperate patients. there just is not enough oncer everyone who needs it here at washington hospital. >> unfortunately, we can't get the drug. no one in the country can get the drug. >> reporter: jermaine lynch is an ovarian cancer patient.
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her doctors want to give it to her to stay alive. >> i'm thinking very short term right now, and i don't like that. >> reporter: it's a drug dilemma abc news first alerted viewers to last month when the one of a kind child lukemia drug methotrexate was down to a four-week supply, because the main supplier had to close old factories to update quality control. >> we're telling families we may lose our children. >> reporter: now that doctor is hailed as a hero for moving the fda to speed up approval for new and even foreign drugmakers to ramp up supply quickly, ending the shortages of droxil and methtrexate this week. >> this is certainly the biggest crisis we've had for childhood cancer. the response was swift. >> reporter: 31,000 new vials of leukemia fighting drugs will hit hospitals by friday. another 34,000 next month. >> we're responding to a crisis, an acute need. >> reporter: but there are still eight critical cancer drugs on the government's 115-name
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rolling, the stars are out. brad pitt, newt gingrich, george clooney, rick santorum and romney and michelle williams. what if politics had an academy award. that would be some red carpet though ron paul might need a different suit. >> i'm very proud of myself. >> reporter: best makeup, whoever does donald trump's hair. >> it is my hair. >> reporter: best foreign language film. [ speaking a foreign language ] >> reporter: jon huntsman speaking chinese. best costume, ron paul's slightly too big suit. romney's blue tie, newt's red tie? the winner is -- >> rick santorum's sweater vest. ♪ come on >> reporter: best song, maybe the year's toughest category. is it president obama's "sweet home chicago." ♪ come on baby don't you wanna go ♪ >> reporter: mitt romney singing "america the beautiful." ♪ for amber waves of grain
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>> reporter: how about the ultimate category, that picture. >> i need more money. >> reporter: what if fund-raising what like "moneyball." rick santorum with the low budget oakland a's. what if debate were like "the artist"? and the winner is -- meryl streep. >> shall we join the ladies? >> reporter: it's her turn, sorry ron paul. john berman, abc news, new york. >> got to with with meryl. what happens when best of friends vie for best actor? to se plaque psoriasis. i decided enough is enough. ♪ [ spa lady ] i started enbrel. it's clinically proven to provide clearer skin. [ rv guy ] enbrel may not work for everyone -- and may not clear you completely, but for many, it gets skin clearer fast, within 2 months, and keeps it clearer up to 9 months. [ male announcer ] because enbrel suppresses your immune system, it may lower your ability to fight infections.
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finally what happens when best friends are both up for best actor? it is tricky, but it's happened before. here's david wright. >> reporter: you know, as  uncomfortable as it seems to have two best friends facing off for one of hollywood's top prizes. it happens more than you think. brad and george are just the latest. >> i guess it had to come sooner or later. >> reporter: much sooner, in fact. 1940, henry fonda was up for "the grapes of wrath." >> i'll be there. >> reporter: against the guy he used to share a room with when
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they were both struggling actors in new york. >> don't interrupt me. >> reporter: jimmy stewart won that year for "the philadelphia story. the two stayed lifelong friends. >> whatever happens to you will happen to me. >> reporter: in 1944 ingrid bergman up for the best actress for "for whom the bell tolls" competed against her good friend jennifer jones in "song of bernadette." . >> i have a cool head. >> reporter: jones won and if bergman was disappointed, she didn't let on. nor did she have to wait long. the next year she won for "gaslight." the oscar presented by her friend and ex-competitor. hollywood is a small place. it's not uncommon for friends to be nominated against friends. >> reporter: in 1973 after "the last tango in paris," brando was up for best actor against jack nicholson for "the last detail." they were next-door neighbors and drinking buddies. the year before brando had won for "the godfather" and famously declined it.
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two years later nicholson finally won for "cuckoo's nest." >> i guess this proves there are as many nuts in the academy as anywhere else. >> reporter: win, lose or draw, the likelihood is these two buddies are safe. >> both of them go into this knowing that the star of "the artist" is the odds-on favorite. >> reporter: so they can kick back, relax and get ready for next year. david wright, abc, hollywood. >> the oscars coming up, robin roberts kicks it off on the red carpet. i'll see you.
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